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Guide: 10 of the best Ice cream shops to try this summer in Calgary

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What is summertime without several ice cream runs?! Tis’ the season for frozen treats and waffle cones, but where to go? You could just go to your local convenience or grocery store and just by a litre of vanilla… or you could go to one of the cities top-notch shops. Really crush that craving, and melt with the spirit of the season by checking out one of the 10 best ice cream shops in Calgary.

LICS

Lics is a cute little, old school ice cream shop in the North East of Calgary. Unlike the majority of places we’ve added on this list, these guys are less about the show and more about the flavour. Don’t get us wrong, occasionally we crave the Insta-cream experience, but most of the time, we just want a simple scoop of something tasty and good service. For this reason, this is one of our favourites.

Where: 3410 3 Ave NW, Calgary

MADE BY MARCUS

You already know! Made By Marcus is a beloved Calgary dessert shop with a cult-like following. It’s not uncommon that you’ll see an insanely long line down the block, full of people waiting to get a scoop of their good stuff at their 17th Avenue location. MBM uses only natural ingredients and has some of the cookiest flavours. Check their latest seasonal flavour, peanut butter and dill pickle. Yes, Really. 

Where: See locations here

VILLAGE ICE CREAM

Stop the world and melt with Village Ice Cream's seasonal flavour

Village is another Calgary favourite. With three locations under its belt (and one on the way!) this ice cream spot has come up with some incredibly tasty flavours. Their ever-changing menu keeps things interesting, but their friendly service and community spirit remain pretty constant.

Where:  See locations here

V BURGER


Shoutout to our fellow lactose-sensitive ice-cream lovers. V Burger is a newer kid on the block, but they know damn well what they’re doing. Here, you can get a dairy-free ice cream sandwich, a milkshake, sundae, or VMix, which we would compare to a dairy queen blizzard. Trust us, your stomach will thank you.

Where: 819 – 17 Ave SW, Calgary

DELLOR

We’ll be real, rolled ice cream, no matter how it tastes, is just a lot of fun. Dellor however, tastes pretty great. It’s a lighter dessert, which we love and they have some incredible flavours. Our favourites are the Cà Phé and their summer 2020 seasonal flavour, Salted caramel crunch,

Where: 1309 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary

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LA DIPERIE

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Love yourself a good topping on your ice cream? How about 30? This Montreal based dessert shop is absolutely insane. Try hundreds of combinations, from sweet and salty to fruity in a cup or a cone. Once you’ve tried them all, they also have cakes, donuts, and a DIY chocolate bar station.

Where: 519-500 Country Hills Boulevard NE, Calgary

UZU TAIYAKI

Uzu Taiyaki is a one-of-a-kind dessert experience. You literally won’t find anything like this anywhere else in Calgary. At Uzu, the ice cream is soft, the toppings are aplenty, and the fun is inevitable but the selling point here really is their adorable fish-shaped cones. This place is as photogenic as it gets.

Where: #1-110 2nd Avenue SE, Calgary

MY FAVOURITE ICE CREAM SHOP

 

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These guys opened back in 1981, which means they’ve had a ton of time to perfect the art of scoopin’ and customer service. If their 72 flavours don’t win you over immediately, their retro decor and lovely staff definitely will. We won’t lie, our loyalty lies with the blueberry cheesecake so we haven’t really explored the menu, but those who have, typically give it all glowing review.

Where: See locations here

XO ICECREAM

XO is a super cute spot with ice cream, waffles, milkshakes, AND cakes. They’re really in the business of cravings, and it shows. Not only is their menu magically delicious, but their decor is bright, bubbly, and fun. Trust us, you won’t regret checking them out.

Where: 808, 100 Auburn Meadows Drive SE, Calgary

LUKE’S DRUG MART

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Alright, so it’s not technically an ice-cream shop, but it’s hard not to include this delectable and very Instagrammable soft-serve on our list. They have rotating flavours of both soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt, so keep an eye on their Instagram page to know what you can get and which location you can get it at!

Where: Bridgeland – 112 4th St NE; Killarney – 3407 26th Ave SW

There you have it, YYC. Our pics for the best ice cream shops in Calgary. Let us know if we missed your fave! Don’t be shy, in the world of frozen desserts, there are no wrong answers.

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